Member activity amps up next weekend at Monterey centre with the annual rummage sale.
It affords members an opportunity to declutter, reduce, reuse and recycle while getting out and interacting during before and during the sale.
“It’s a good fundraiser. It gives us a good presence in the community and it’s an opportunity for some of our members to get involved,” said Gail Hughes, association treasurer.
The newly-named Monterey Recreation Activity Association, formerly the Oak Bay Seniors Activity Association, hosts the annual event each year.
“The MMRA relies on the rummage sale and bazaar and bequeaths,” said Camille Wood, association president.
Large-ticket items purchased last year include acoustic panels in the Fern Cafe and a digital piano.
The fundraiser helps support extras such as greeting cards, birthday cakes and activity subsidies. “We also provide bursaries to some of our members,” Hughes said.
A team of volunteers work seven hours a day to sort through items and prepare the tables. Each of the 13 sale tables, or “booths” has a leader and a dozen volunteers assigned to it for the sale – a virtual army of volunteers.
Drop donations of clean, useful items at the centre, 1442 Monterey Ave., from Monday to Wednesday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Setup for the major sale takes all day Friday. The sale runs Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.